Redskins Breakdown: Team crushed by injuries, offensive ineffectiveness in Week 8 loss
Run Game: Offensive line struggles to open holes
There was no doubt that the running game would be fighting an uphill battle this week. Though the team was getting Rob Kelley in his second week back from an injury, it was expected that the team wouldn’t be able to find much success. The reason? They didn’t have a strong offensive line in front of him.
Three starting linemen missed this contest for the Redskins. Brandon Scherff, Trent Williams, and Spencer Long were all out in addition to top reserve tackle Ty Nsekhe. The unit had little chance to protect Cousins, as mentioned earlier, and they had similar struggles in the run game.
Aside from a 3-yard touchdown run, the offensive line wasn’t able to pave the way for Kelley on any of his runs. The unit just had no ability to push the Dallas front and Kelley didn’t have the same physical style that he has normally had in the past. Perhaps it was related to his injury, perhaps it may have something to do with the weight he lost during the offseason. Either way, it wasn’t an inspiring performance for Kelley.
Moving forward, the Redskins have to try to mix up their backs more. They split reps between Kelley and Thompson for the most part, but Thompson was more effective. That said, the team still is reluctant to give him a full workload give his lack of size, so they’ll instead have to mix Samaje Perine into the rotation.
Right now, it doesn’t look like the Redskins have an answer to their running back dilemma on the roster. The team may elect to look for a running back early in the draft next year unless the truly think that Perine could be the answer for the team.